Benjamin Franklin said, “. . . contrary habits must be broken, and good ones acquired and established . . .” This means we first must have the insight that what we have been doing up until this point has been a contrary habit. It takes courage to stare back at that gal in the glass and know that she hasn’t done all that she should or could have done and then it takes more courage to change.
Haanel tells us, “We gain strength in proportion to the effort expended. Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require. Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new. If we wish desirable conditions, we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts. If we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the worlds out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture. If we pledge ourselves to a certain action we must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the development of that action. Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty. Knowledge does not apply itself. Our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent, and habit. The only way we can get ourselves to apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort.“
In order to be successful, the knowledge acquired must be applied in specific actions known to produce the desired results and must also be tied to emotion exhibited as a passion. I, therefore, make a determined conscious effort to rise to the tremendous success I set forth in my DMP using my POA. Doing all of this intentionally as assigned now becomes rote. Ingrained good habits are born, fostered, and executed and my shapes and colors are becoming fulfilled.
The Cowardly Lion had all that he ever needed within himself from the beginning. He just needed to believe enough in himself for all that God had created him as to become manifest. I, too, have always been filled with courage; and now I also know how to let it be expressed. I am queen of my forest!